In the past year, many police stations around the country have adopted drones to assist with public safety. Oxford’s Emergency Management and Homeland Security Director Jimmy Allgood hopes police can use drones’ impressive capabilities to see beyond the normal eye and keep more citizens safe. He hopes to soon implement drone use within the Oxford Police Department.
“They’re great for public safety because you can monitor crowds, you can monitor traffic, search and rescue those types of items, but if misused, then you get into an invasion of privacy issue,” said Allgood.
Allgood says professional drone use, if regulated, can be a innovative and life saving form of policing. Ji Hoon Heo, an Ole Miss journalism professor and one of the university’s certified drone pilots agrees.